Small Wonders of Inuit Art
April 16 — 21, 2022
Auction begins to close at 2:00 pm ET
Private collection, Ontario
In the autumn, Inuit hunters often camped near the seasonal crossing places of the migrating caribou herds, hunting the animals from kayaks as they swam across the rivers. In this ivory and stone sculpture, an unidentified artist has rendered such a scene with tremendous precision and attention to detail.
One of a handful of sculptures in the present auction acquired by Hugo Vaes in the mid-1950s while stationed in the Arctic alongside the Canadian Army. All of the works collected by Vaes are notable for their detailed and carefully executed carving. Please note the contemporary photograph of Mr. Vaes shown here for reference.
Goetz, Helga, and Dr. William E Taylor Jr. The Inuit Print / T'estampe Inuit. Ottawa: National Museum of Man, 1977. p. 233
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